Kobe Bryant Dies in Helicopter Crash
Kobe Bryant has been known for many years to travel by helicopter. Even as a player for the Los Angeles Lakers, he often flew from Newport Beach with his Sikorsky S-76 to games, training and appointments in the metropolis. Now he has been killed in a helicopter crash in a remote field in Calabasas, California, a suburb west of Los Angeles.
The basketball star, who became one of the most successful players in NBA history with five championship titles, had an accident on Sunday morning at around 10 a.m. local time reported.
Local police said on Sunday (local time) in California that nine people were on board – the pilot and eight passengers. All were killed by the crash. The police did not name any of the victims and pointed out that the relatives had to be informed first. Anything else would be “totally inappropriate,” the police said. The authorities also gave no information on the cause of the accident. The investigations were ongoing, it said
The foggy weather in the mountains was mentioned as a possible cause. The helicopter went up in flames immediately after the impact and triggered a bush fire, which made the work of the rescue workers more difficult. According to official information, there were no injuries on the ground.
The US Aviation Authority announced an investigation into the course of the accident. The Sikorsky multi-purpose helicopter type S76B was delivered in 1991 according to the Aviation Safety Network, so it is almost 30 years old.
“This is terrible news,” tweeted US President Donald Trump. The sympathy in the sports world is huge: “Damn it.”
Kobe Bryant, despite being one of the truly great basketball players of all time, was just getting started in life. He loved his family so much, and had such strong passion for the future. The loss of his beautiful daughter, Gianna, makes this moment even more devastating….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2020
Kobe Bryant, despite being one of the truly great basketball players of all time, was just getting started in life. He loved his family so much, and had such strong passion for the future. The loss of his beautiful daughter, Gianna, makes this moment even more devastating. Melania and I send our warmest condolences to Vanessa and the wonderful Bryant family. May God be with you all!
Five-time NBA champion Dennis Rodman was “devastated by the news that my friend Kobe Bryant died”. Mavericks pro Luka Doncic wrote: “That can’t be true!” There was a minute’s silence on Sunday before the game of the Denver Nuggets against the Houston Rockets.
Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents. Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 26, 2020